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Dancing with the Stars: Can it help a career?

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Bristol Palin and her professional dance partner Mark Ballas are shown as they perform during the ABC reality series 'Dancing with the Stars' finals in Hollywood last year. Most DWTS contestants don't get much of a career boost from the show, but Ms. Palin is an exception.
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4. Bristol Palin

Before "Dancing with the Stars," teen mom Bristol Palin was known mostly as a cautionary tale and political liability for her mother, Sarah Palin, former vice presidential nominee and governor of Alaska. But on the show, Bristol earned praise for her down-to-earth demeanor and lack of Hollywood polish, riding a wave of voter popularity all the way to the finals of the show's 11th season. She took third place. Since Dancing with the Stars, she’s released a book, moved to Los Angeles, and begun filming a reality show for the BIO channel.

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